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making news on this monday, april 19th. partial clearing, a bright spot in the ash-filled saga. the misery grows for people living in airports. record fine. the government charges toyota with the largest penalty ever for failing to come clean. and rescuing city's landmarks before they're gone for good. good morning, thanks for being with us on this monday morning. on this fifth day of the crippling aviation shutdown, signs that things could be slowly returning to normal.
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>> yeah, several countries have already reopened airspace this morning. half the scheduled flights will be able to take off. this after the airlines ran test flights into the ash reporting no problems. but still spewing 750,000 tons a second. >> showing the haze covering most of the continent. let's begin this morning's coverage right in the thick of it. sonia gallego has the latest developments from london. good morning, sonia. >> good morning, vinita, officials here attempt to flesh out a solution for the air travel chaos. >> reporter: it's the largest air traffic shut down in britain since world war ii. >> no planes or nothing. >> reporter: the committee known as cobra convened to discuss a solution to the airline crisis.
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officials are even looking at the possibility of use the british royal navy to rescue stranded passengers, perhaps using spain as a go-to and pickup point for those trying to get home. ferry services across europe are completely overwhelmed. australia's qantas is the latest carrier suspended flights until tomorrow night. meteorologists predict at that weather direction is unlikely to change over the next few days. but it's now five days since planes were grounded by ash erupting from a volcano in iceland. and it's already cost the airlines worldwide $1 billion. and provoked a fight between the carriers and air traffic controllers. european airline companies calling for restrictions to be reassessed. tests were conduct econducted.
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with danger's levels of ash found in the sky. >> to my best knowledge, they are not using scientific-based research and instruments. issue that just saying we can survive it. i'm afraid that's not good enough. >> some airports could reopen, resuming perhaps 50% of more air traffic if test flights are able to be carried out which would be a huge relief for those desperately trying to get home. >> sonia gallego in london, thank you. in iceland, they're just beginning to clean up the mess. ash pumped out at 750 tons a second is everywhere. horses had to be driven to shelters away from the volcano zone and birds were having trouble flying with their wings coated in ash. community leaders say residents are holding up remarkably well. as for the stranded passengers here in the u.s.,
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they are growing tired and frustrated. william has been waiting at del lus airport for four days, try to get to london for this 80th birthday celebration. this group of students is stranded. and in new jersey, tourists say they are stuck at newark airport for the next week. >> they told me the next flight for you is on sunday, next sunday. we have no more money. >> in texas, some stranded british women are making the best of it, serving high tea instead of hanging around the airport. one was aerch offered a job to stay in the lone star state. and coming up on "good morning america," live updates from iceland, london, more tales from right here in the u.s. of people living at the airport. now to the other big story this morning, toyota is about to agree to pay a record fine. it stems from the companies's failure in the right way about his gas pedals. t.j. winick has details.
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>> reporter: according to the federal government, toyota knew about the problem about sudden acceleration and sticky pedals in 2009, but it waited until january of this year to tell regulates. later today, auto giant will agreed to pay a $6.4 million fine. the maximum penalty allowed. >> i think this is another black eye for toyota because it shows that the company didn't care about safety, that it covered up the issue in the united states. >> reporter: while toyota is likely to say they admit no wrongdoing, according to a senior transportation official, by paying the full civil penalty, tot is accepting the responsibility for hiding the safety defect in violation of the law. >> toyota was once considered an invincible brand and clearly they've taken the fall here. i think automakers are going to pay a lot more attention to issues coming up, any customers reporting problems. >> reporter: the company has recalled 6 million vehicles in all, including the sticky pedal problem and problems with floor
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mat, trapping the accelerator pedal which is blamed for at least five deaths and 17 injures. a foyt testified insisting the company did not try to hide anything. >> in the name of the company, it's long-standing tradition, we never run away from our problems or pretend we don't notice them. >> reporter: according to a letter from the national highway traffic safety administration to toyota a second fine may be assessed based on documents the company knew of two separate defects related to acceleration. >> they've gone on record saying they wish they could have fined them more. >> they say they would have levied a fine of $14 billion it had been allowed. jeremy and vinita. >> wow, thanks. it is a day of column remembrance for the victims of oklahoma city bombing 15 years ago. family members gathered at the
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site of the bombing. 160 people died at the alfred f murrah federal building. it was the deadliest domestic terror attack in the nation's history. astronauts are ready to spend another day in orbit if need be. the plan is to fly across the u.s. and land in florida this morning. but if it has to be scrubbed because of rain, nasa will try to bring "discovery" home tomorrow. scattered showers from miami to new orleans. light rain mixed with rain. and widely scattered thunderstorms from minnesota down to new mexico. late day rain in california, oregon and washington. >> 60s in seattle and portland. 73 for sacramento, boise hits 81. phoenix, 80. mostly 60s in the midwest, 60 in new york and baltimore. 81 in maechl. and when come back, the airlines promising not to charge
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you for your carry-ons. and a first for the pope meeting with victims face-to-face. and the battle to give a once g
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investment banking giant goldman sachs is facing fraud charges here in the united states and now mounting pressure from overseas, too. officials in england and germany want to know more about those charges and they say they may investigate. both countries bailed out banks
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lost millions hundreds of thousands of dollars with goldman sachs. the wall street journal says investigators are focusing on the former mortgage giant's role on housing and financial meltdown. it remains unclear what mow terrible charges could emerge. in asia, major markets have taken a hit. tokyo's nikkei and hth hang seng fell about 2%. in london, the ftse is slightly high per. the nasdaq lost 34. some good news from the housing market, the number of overdue mortgage loans has fallen for the second month in a row. "the wall street journal" cited more data says mortgages 8.5% last month. and more good news this morning, five major airlines have promised not to charge fees for carry-on bags. american, delta, united, jetblue
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and usair ways won't follow the lead of france airlines. at the movies this weekend. almost too close to call. "how to tame your dragon" searched with the comedy "kick ass." "date night" emerged third. and could mahmoud ahmadinejad challenge the rest? and here at home, a country music deja vu.
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no now, for a look at the morning road conditions on this monday. wet on i-95 in florida and on i-10 and 20 through the gulf coast. isolated showers will also dampen roads across minnesota,
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south dakota, wyoming, colorado and new mexico. >> if you're flying today, expect delays in seattle, san francisco, and los angeles. also in houston, new orleans and miami. pope benedict has apologized face-to-face with some alleged church abuse sex victims. he's now back home, on the mediterranean island of balti, he said the church will bring justice. it was considered intense. >> did the pope cry? >> yes, he what here's. >> he listens to us. he told me, i'm very proud and i pray for you to have the courage to tell your story. >> the pope's critics say promises are easy. and they're demanding strong actions benefits pedophile priests. defense secretary robert gates insists the u.s. is prepared to deal with a nuclear
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iran despite a weak memo which appeared to suggest otherwise. in a memo, mahmoud ahmadinejad extoed his military might during a parade of irrain nan forces. he said iran is so strong, that no country would think about attacking it. how do ice real's leaders thing about that. george stephanopoulos asked benefit that minubenjamin netan about it on "good morning america." and some architects are keeps it hidden. >> it's iconic enough. >> reporter: preservationist karen is fighting, places like the abandoned michigan train station compared sometimes to roman ruins. >> there's more up here. >> reporter: and the ceiling still largely intact, remined
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theatergoers decades ago. did it ever make you sad to look at this stuff? >> yes, it does. >> reporter: today, trespassers are among the other visitors to these ruins. uninvited guests all over the world who have come here anyway to photograph what they consider the beauty in this day kay. we have permission to come inside, many do not. some take only pictures. others add to destruction. a freelance photographer was rolling when they shoved a dump truck from the fourth floor. they've also been seen dumping appliances from the roofs of abandoned high-rises. often, the crimes are far more serious, drug dealers, arsonists, murderers. when we were at the packer plant, so were investigators examining a body in the trunk of a burned-out vehicle. it reached its feverish pitch
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last month when the first of 3,000 homes was turned down. part of the mayor's plan to save detroit, by downsizing it. many neighbors are glad to see them go. >> it's just an ongoing battle. it's been a long time coming. >> reporter: there have also been battles of places like the train station. the city tried to tear it down. >> think of the stories here. >> reporter: but what to do with it? for now, it's a twisted tourist attraction. ignored by time but not by the curious. the mayor eventuallies to tear down about 10,000 abandoned homes in that city. that's just part of the problem, there are 80,000 abandoned buildings and homes and lot. >> they really have a shrinking tax base if you think about it, half the people who used to live there are no longer there. >> population has shrunk by more than 1 million.
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>> it's time for sports and the nba playoffs. here's aneesh slof. good morning, the lakers defend their title defense. taking on the oklahoma thunder. the eight seed. the youngest team in the nba. kobe bryant from up top. lakers up 15. andrew bynum missed a month with an achilles injury. he returned, double-double for the big lakers. kobe, he finished with 21. 6 of 19 from the field. derek fisher chipped in with 11 points. he was 3 of 6 from downtown. l.a. takes game one. 87-79. spurs and mavs. dirk nowitzki. he had a pretty big game. the turnaround there. giving the mavs a three-point lead. and then dirk, the fall-away and the foul. mavs up six after the free throw. fourth quarter, dallas up seven.
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more from dirk, he had 36. jason kidd, that's a three. the mavs knock off the spurs, 100-94. dallas takes game one. game one, trail blazers/suns. port land down two. marcus camby, andre miller. that's a three. blazers up one. 15 seconds left, suns down six. jason richardson with three avenue the inbound. suns with a chance to tie. and in the final ten seconds, steve nash for the tie. portland without brandon roy wins game one. they take a 1-0 series lead. i'm aneeish shroff, that's look at sports. at the academy of country awards, lady antebellum.
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>> and carrie underwood winning entertainer of the year twice. big night for her. >> no taylor swift victory, though. that's surprising. >> she performed but no big wins. coming up next, the big stories we'll be following, including the latest on europe's shutdown. >> after all the carbo loading, it's race day. america's most prestigious marathon. a deep ache all over. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain. so now i can do more of what i love. [ female announcer ] lyrica is not for everyone. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these,
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where you're free to do anything you want. which may be nothing at all. royal caribbean international. visit today. now, a look ahead to the stories we'll be watching on this monday. europe airports are reopening to limited traffic today as officials said they hope to have half the usual flights resume. still tens of thousands of people remain stuck. we just learned that the british royal navy will be deployed to rescue those stranded use the english channel. $16.6 million for a
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four-month delay for the gas pedal defects. those defects resulted in the recall of thousands of vehicles. thousands gather to join at the federal building. and the landing at florida's kennedy space center. there are two landing opportunities, both which could be scrapped because of rain. president obama heads to california this afternoon, he's attended a fund-raiser in los angeles for barbara boxer. and it is race day for the 114th running the boston marathon. hundreds won't make it to the start line, though. they haven't been able to fly because of the icelandic volcano ash problem. >> what a bummer, such a prestigious race for marathoners. coming up later on "good morning america," you heard of home schooling? what about un-schooling?
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arousing a whole lot more than curiosity. >> here in new york, an artist is putting a human body on display in all its naked glory. and some visitors are having a hard time keeping their hands to themselves. >> reporter: in order to see the new museum in new york city, you have to walk through a narrow doorway blanked by two vacated people. a man and woman who stand there all day. art is meant to arouse strong feelings, but the problem here, some of the visitors have been, shall we say, overly aroused. one man had his membership museum revoked after groping one of the male artists. in fact, most of the people we spoke with say they go out of their way not to touch the performer. >> it was a little awkward because you didn't want to touch them and they were standing so
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close together that you felt you were going to brush against them. >> they're just naked bodies. so, i mean, i've seen naked bodies before. >> reporter: the artists behind this exhibited tried to help prepared performers by putting them through a boot camp for the riggers of standing there naked for a time. >> people think it's just standing there. but it's not like that. it's very much demanding. >> reporter: some of the unconventional exercises included walking in slow motion. not speaking. and for some reason, eating gold. >> didn't quite know what it would be like to eat gold but it was actually delicious. >> she already put us through much more difficult circumstances that weren't will face in the performance. >> by the way, the artist who designed the exhibit is present at the exhibit all day long. she, however, wearing clothing. it runs through the end of may. if you want to check it out, remember no touching. dan harris, abc newsw

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